RÉSUMÉ

Apparel Graphic Designer

Mitch Dowd Design

March 2015 - current

  • Designing licensed / generic artwork for outerwear, sleepwear, underwear, socks. Creation of artwork adhering to brand guidelines.
  • Sizing print designs based on retailer-specific garment specs.
  • Quality control re: print, color, texture from overseas sample prints (pre-bulk).
  • Print & apparel illustration.
  • Creation of storyboards, mood boards & "on trend" analysis.
  • Packaging, P.O.S. and other related retail material.
  • Brand presentations, mock retail visuals and motion graphic video reels.

Creative Graphic Artist

Disney Consumer Products

Feb. 2014 - Dec. 2014

  • Visual merchandising and point-of-sale retail imagery - includes die cuts, POS rendering, concept store displays.
  • Detailed illustration work of the iconic Disney castle.
  • Packaging and finished art.
  • Creating presentation visuals and finished art for multiple retails pitches.
  • Disney-branded back-to-school product mock-ups.
  • Designing seasonal calendar templates for forecasting brand projections in the retail sector.
  • Disney fashion storyboards and multi-page brand awareness prospectuses.
  • High-end retouching for pre-press and web.

Freelance Designer, Illustrator, Retoucher, Web Designer

Studiotas Pty. Ltd.

May 2012 - current

 

  • Designing style guides and brand identity.
  • Website development, using both standard XHTML and CMS platforms.
  • Illustration, character design, logos and icons.
  • Visual merchandising, POS and retail displays.
  • Packaging and finished art.
  • Mood boards for branding and retail presentations.
  • High-end retouching for pre-press, web and motion graphics.
  • Animating Flash banner ads for the web.
  • Motion graphics and TVC editing.

Apparel Graphic Designer

Casco Blu

May 2013 - Jul. 2013

  • Designing licensed storyboard ranges for sleepwear, outerwear and swimwear.
  • Quality control over print, color quality & sizes of pre-production sample prints with overseas apparel samples and bulk shipping samples.
  • Research competitive fashion trends within real-world retail environments.
  • Designing packaging and swing labels within brand guidelines.
  • Illustration of high quality Disney character art - authorized by Disney - for girls and womens apparel prints.

Illustrator

Freelance

May 2013 - Aug. 2013

  • Created over 30 full-color illustrations for the book “Unleash Your Inner Koala” by Nadine Rabu.
  • I developed the koala character with my own brand of humor, then infused him with teachings from the book.
  • I also designed the book's cover and related promotional material.

Image Retoucher

ONE20 Studios

Jan. 2013 - Apr. 2013

  • Image manipulation both talent and product photography, via client-side mark-ups and proofs.
  • Liaison with photographers and account managers for processing batch image sets according to client-side specs.
  • Accurately color match image manipulated prints with actual retail product samples.
  • Quick turnaround retouching for catalogue work and online stores.
  • Supervising quality of bulk contour paths from overseas retouching facilities.
  • Project leader for the 2013 Myer Mother’s Day catalog within the studio.

Illustrator, Finished Artist, Retoucher, Web Designer

Studio Bauhaus

Jan. 2002 - May 2012

  • Producing artwork and storyboards, both licensed and generic, for apparel, footwear, home ware, toys, sporting goods and outdoor activity sets.
  • Designing global packaging, swing tags, header cards, etc, for consumer products.
  • Illustrations for popular children's brands involving characters, icons, yardages and background assets.
  • Technical illustrations of apparel, footwear, home ware, licensed merchandise.
  • Visual merchandising, POS and retail displays.
  • High-end retouching for fashion campaigns, pre-press, web and motion graphics.
  • Website development in both standard XHTML and CMS platforms.
  • Animation, motion graphics and video editing.

Cartoonist & Illustrator

Starlog Magazine

Nov. 1997 – Apr. 2009

  • Contributing artist generating humorous cartoons and illustrations based on past, present and future science fiction media.
  • Main feature and editorial illustrator.

Web Designer

Advanced Web Creations

Dec. 1999 – Jun. 2000

  • Design, development and maintenance, from landing pages to entire web sites.
  • Organize client-side concepts into UX structured frameworks.
  • Creation of logos and graphics, including image retouching and web-safe optimization.
  • Hand-coding of HTML and CSS, with supportive javascripting for dynamic content.
  • Testing, troubleshooting and IT support.

Contributing Illustrator

IDG Commucications

Nov. 1998 - Jan. 2000

  • Created illustrations based on feature articles for “AUSTRALIAN PC BUYER” magazine and selected IDG publications.